the Squawks

New Music Critique: The Squawks

Production8
Lyrics7
Music7
Vocals7
Musicianship7
7.2

Sardonic lyrics and a scorching guitar player highlight recordings by the Squawks, a folk-rock fivesome whose superior musicianship is ultimately undermined by subpar lead vocals. “Muse” is a cry for inspiration from an unlikely source–– “someone cruel who’s just like you.” “Destroyed” continues the wry, jaundiced view of life with references to “my little disaster.” Lead vocals actually enhance the funny, clever, folkish number “They Lie” where the nasally vocal tones gel quite naturally with the song’s inherent novelty factor. On every track, you can count on superior musicianship, especially from the group’s guitar player, who is given ample opportunities to wail like the best of them.

Contact: thesquawks.band@gmail.com
Web: thesquawks.bandcamp.com
Seeking: Label
Style: Folk-Rock